In his weekly column at the Washington Post, George Will points out something that a number of progressives are beginning to notice. Big government doesn’t look out for the little guy:
Government for the strongest
Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity.
Hence Democrats, the principal creators of this complexity, receive more than 70 percent of lawyers’ political contributions. Yet progressives, refusing to see this defect — big government captured by big interests — as systemic, want to make government an ever more muscular engine of regulation and redistribution. Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left — entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility — they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.
The American majority that believes life will be worse for the next few decades — more than double the number who believe things will be better — senses that 95 percent of income gains from 2009-2012 went to the wealthiest 1 percent.
This is a lesson America has to re-learn every generation or so.
Remember the famous Obama supporter Peggy Joseph who happily declared that an Obama presidency meant that she would no longer have to pay for her gas or mortgage?
She has a somewhat different view now.
In July of this year, Torn Tillison of BizPac Review filed this report:
Infamous ‘Obama will pay my gas & mortgage’ groupie: ‘He lied about everything’
The way things have been going for President Barack Obama, this was inevitable.
It’s likely we’ve all seen the video of an Obama supporter overcome with euphoria after attending a campaign event just prior to the 2008 election.
“I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage!” the woman cried. “If I help him, he’s going to help me!”
Well, six years later, filmmaker Joel Gilbert tracked down the woman, Peggy Joseph, who has had a complete change of heart.
“He lied about everything,” she said of now President Obama.
Gilbert asked Joseph if Obama helped pay the expenses she spoke of in the video clip.
“Absolutely not,” she replied. “Mortgage got worse and gas prices got higher.”
Unfortunately for Ms. Joseph, Obama had bigger people to take care of.DONATE
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